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7 animals that know how to farm

By: Bryan Nelson on Nov. 29, 2010, 12:36 p.m.

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Though considered household pests, termites form some of the most complex societies in the animal kingdom.

Much like leaf-cutter ants, many termite species are fungus gardeners. In fact, the gigantic mounds built by some termite colonies are complex, temperature-controlled structures essential for maintaining the ideal growing environment for their food source: fungus. A column of hot air rises above the mounds, driving air circulation currents inside the subterranean network. (Is the science behind your garden so intricate?)